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The Dark Knight Rises: Is The Batwing Back?

We seem to be getting updates on Batman almost everyday now, and having just come back from my holiday yesterday, I have returned, as I guessed I would, to more big updates, including an image of the Nolan-esque Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) on set. However, as sexy as a woman in a leather cat outfit is, I’m pretty sure there has been a lot more uproar on the leak of some new videos and images showing another vehicle from Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Bat-finale, The Dark Knight Rises.

The most recent business online is that this peculiar vehicle may in fact be the Caped Crusader’s method of air transport – The Batwing. For those of you who remember Batman Forever, the Batwing was briefly used in the movie, before being taken down by Two-Face and The Riddler. However, although it had a pretty cool looking Batwing and was a better movie than Batman & Robin, Batman Forever isn’t even a tiny drop of water trailing down the side of the full glass of water that is Batman Begins and The Dark Knight; and other than Forever and the Batwing from Batman (1989), there aren’t really any huge versions of the Batwing to compare against, other than that portrayed in the comics. So perhaps The Dark Knight Rises will be the one to truly show off the amazing technology that Batman really packs…not that it needs to be any more amazing (I mean, a Batmobile…with a built-in motorbike?!) Check out a video of what may be the Batwing, being transported to the Wabash Tunnel in Pittsburgh:

I would say this is exciting stuff, but it would appear that this movie slowly seems to be getting ruined by the day, and with the possibility of some big spoilers having already been revealed, I really hope nothing else too major spills itself on to the internet before this release. However, I’m sure there are still plenty of big secrets under wraps which will remain there, and not to mention, it is The Dark Knight Rises, so how can you not be excited?!

The Dark Knight Rises is expected to hit cinema screens on the 20th July, 2012, so book a day off.

By Manpreet Singh


The Dark Knight Rises Update: Matthew Modine To Play Bad Guy?

Matthew Modine at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festiv...

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Recent news has it that Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket) will be playing a character named Nixon, with further news suggesting that this may be an evil character; possibly a corrupt politician. The highly anticipated upcoming Batman sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, being directed by Christopher Nolan, has recently began filming, and although the news on Modine is the latest, much information is still under wraps, as is with most information on this movie.

Apparently, reports also suggest that the character Nixon will be a ‘key villain’ in the movie, and his scenes will be filmed in London. Hopefully, this may be true, considering at the moment there are only two main known villains in the upcoming sequel; Bane, and Catwoman, although of course, there is always the dilemma of whether the character of Catwoman is considered a villain or not. Either way, The Dark Knight Rises has begun filming, and I’m sure we will not be disappointed with the outcome of this masterpiece-to-be.

By Manpreet Singh

The Dark Knight Rises is set to hit cinema screens on 20th July, 2012.


1992: Batman Returns

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In 1992, director, Tim Burton, directed Batman Returns. Michael Keaton reprises his role as Batman, also playing Bruce Wayne, this time, battling the crazily eccentric Penguin (Danny DeVito). However, the Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) also decides to join in, stirring things up between Batman and the Penguin, whilst trying to achieve her own goals.

The movie sees Batman trying to clear his name of a negative image from the population of Gotham City, due to the Penguin, and business man, Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) trying to give the image of Batman being a bad person. Whilst trying to overcome this problem, and bring down Penguin and Shreck, Batman must also decide what is to become of Catwoman, who, as seductive as she may be, causes havoc for Batman. The movie ends with Penguin dying, whilst attempting to kill Batman, and Catwoman/Selina Kyle electrocuting Shreck, who tried to kill her, before making a quick escape, although the movie ends showing the audience that Catwoman still roams the city of Gotham.

Although this one, like all of the older Batman movies, was quite comically driven, in terms of its humourous aspect, costume design and so on, Tim Burton still managed to do a good job of it, and the Batmobile, as usual, was awesome, with the driving action sequences being great and thoroughly enjoyable. As mentioned, although comically driven, this movie is still quite dark in many aspects, in comparison to the rest of the Pre-Nolan Batman flicks, which is definitely a good thing for the Batman movies. It’s also one of the Batman movies which doesn’t feature the character of Robin, which can only be a positive aspect…

Batman Returns is definitely one of the better movies of the old set of Batman movies, and a thoroughly enjoyable and developed one, in terms of the characters and storyline, so watch it – it’s Bat-tastic.

By Manpreet Singh


The Dark Knight Rises – Plot Leaked?

You read it, the latest is that the plot details for the upcoming blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises, have been leaked. Fan site ‘Batman-On-Film‘, has reported that the storyline will entail Batman’s battle against The League of Shadows, controlled by Talia al Ghul. The League of Shadows was also involved in the events of Batman Begins, run by Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson).

Villain, Talia al Ghul, is supposedly known to have links with muscle-monster Bane, who will be played by Tom Hardy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) will be a member of The League, while Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), although a villain, will join forces with the Dark Knight towards the end of the movie, and battle it out with the League of Shadows.

Although the website insists that these reports are accurate, with comments from site viewers agreeing with this information, many are still skeptical. I know I am. But who knows? Either way, I’d like more proof on this before I accept any of the above information. And if true, who knows, perhaps Ra’s al Ghul will return from the dead, as he says in Batman Begins, “But is Ra’s al Ghul immortal?’. Not to mention that the character lived for centuries in the comic book stories, never known to have actually died. I think it would be nice to see Neeson return as Ra’s, but for now, I think we should further speculate on the events which may occur in The Dark Knight Rises, until we receive some more reliable information.

By Manpreet Singh


The Dark Knight Rises Update: Marion Cotillard Joins The Cast?

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The latest news is that French actress Marion Cotillard, has joined the cast for the upcoming Bat-flick, The Dark Knight Rises. Cotillard, who played Mal, in blockbuster, Inception, is reported to have joined the cast, although there is no news as of yet as to what her role will be in the highly anticipated movie.

Cotillard will be joining Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, both of whom also starred in Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan, who will also be directing TDKR. So, another cast member of Inception is brought into TDKR. I feel that this cast is definitely an interesting selection, and I have a good feeling that the movie will turn out to be an amazingly brilliant one, just like its predecessor, The Dark Knight Rises (for those of you who don’t know; although, if you didn’t know that, there is no hope for you).

This lovely bunch will be working alongside Anne Hathaway, who will be playing Catwoman. The Dark Knight Rises, will begin shooting this summer in Los Angeles, and is set to hit the big screens on 20th July, 2012. This will be a movie not to be missed. Guaranteed.

By Manpreet Singh